WESTON, FLA. (WSVN) - - School district officials have confirmed a measles case at an elementary school in Broward County.

Broward County Public Schools officials on Friday announced that the case of the highly contagious disease is at Manatee Bay Elementary School, located at 19200 Manatee Isles Drive in Weston. It is a K-5 school.

While BCPS officials did not specify whether the person who contracted the virus was a student or staff member, the Sun Sentinel reported that the patient is a third grade student with no history of travel.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection, but because most children are vaccinated, it is extremely rare in the United States. It spreads through the air by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever and a red blotchy skin rash.

BCPS released the following statement, Friday afternoon:

The health, safety and welfare of our students and staff are always our priorities. The District is working closely with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County regarding the case of measles at Manatee Bay Elementary School. The school’s leadership is also in communication with families regarding the situation and taking all necessary precautions in conjunction with the health department’s guidance. 

John J. Sullivan, Chief Communications and Legislative Affairs Officer

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